Category Archives: Consumer affairs

Pint-sized beer and cider in British shops

Ronnie Cohen takes a look at the beer and cider on sale in his local shops and supermarket. Likes(3)Dislikes(0)

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The American Influence on Canada’s Metrication

John Frewen-Lord, a frequent contributor to Metric Views, has just returned from one of his regular trips to Canada. He gives us his thoughts. Likes(7)Dislikes(1)

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A Dickensian surprise

Charles Dickens is enduringly popular for his memorable characters and his portrayal of the social evils of Victorian England. One of our regular readers, Martin Vlietstra, draws attention to an unexpected contribution he made to Britain’s long-running metrication debate. Likes(9)Dislikes(2)

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Odd and inconsistent product descriptions

We highlight an oddity in Waitrose product description and pricing, recently picked up in an article on msn. And no, this is not a belated April fool story. Likes(6)Dislikes(16)

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Costs of supporting dual measures

Ronnie Cohen provides us with an example from his work of the additional costs that businesses face as a result of having to provide for dual measures. Imagine how much better off we might be if all such costs in the UK economy … Continue reading

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Pricing, profits and customer confusion

Inevitably, the referendum result has led to calls for a return to some of the measurements that Britannia used when she ruled the waves. Ronnie Cohen suggests an underlying reason. Likes(16)Dislikes(4)

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No flight information please – we’re British

Ronnie Cohen wonders why at least one budget airline flying from the UK targets its flight information at continental and American passengers. Likes(14)Dislikes(0)

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Smart meters, or not?

Readers may have seen a recent TV programme that was highly critical of the energy smart meter “roll out”. Some of you may now be wondering why a nation that made a mess of the simple task of adopting a … Continue reading

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Supplementary Indications revisited

Supplementary indications received a reprieve in 2007, and will now, subject to the Brexit deal negotiated with the EU, need to serve only the needs of the UK economy. Ronnie Cohen wonders where US influence is likely to lead us. Likes(4)Dislikes(1)

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Is the proposed EU-US trade agreement doomed?

We have updated an article that was first published in 2013. Likes(3)Dislikes(1)

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